Domestic Violence Advocacy: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Second Edition is a comprehensive and highly practical resource for anyone working with domestic violence victims. The essential elements and values of the victim-defined approach provide the foundation for a completely revised exploration of all victims' perspectives and advocates' role. This Second Edition draws on the far-reaching progress and increased knowledge of the field and delves deeply into the experiences of victims, their perspectives and decision-making, culture, and risks. Attentive to the real world context of limited time, resources, and options for victims and for advocates, this enlightening text focuses on what is feasible and offers ideas for working within such constraints

Victim-Defined Advocacy Environments

Victim-defined advocacy environments

To the advocacy partnership, victims bring strength and a need for help, hope and at times despair, a life path, and experience with violence that requires a customized and sensitive response. Advocates also bring who they are and what they have experienced to the process. These unique, personal elements are what make advocacy work. Victims and advocates require an environment in which connections can flourish and be nurtured. Advocates cannot be seen as a “cog in the wheel” of service provision. The humanity of victims and of advocates must not be taken for granted. The environment in which victims are offered advocacy and in which advocates provide it is one and the same. Therefore, a better advocacy setting for victims ...

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